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When my best friend Mykel (above right) told me he was getting a rhinoplasty, I set my sights and hopes upon this very post, a true offering from the universe!
Myke’s rhinoplasty was a success and (like any journey worth taking), no easy feat! Whether coming home to a partner or two beloved feline companions, taking pictures of your post-op coverings is a must!
Not too long ago, I enjoyed my first regaling to the musical aspect of Bebe. In “Get Fierce“, her Cunning, Uniqueness, Nerve and Talent (CUNT) don’t disappoint – and neither did her first single, “Face“, by the way.
There may be no hope for a sequel to James Cameron‘s blockbuster hit “Avatar” for the next couple of years or more, but in the meantime, the Celebrity God Director, Producer and Writer has provided the My Next Life Journey blog with a wonderful gift:
It was a complete surprise for me to find this video on YouTube. Though I have searched all Avatar related news since first spotting a blurb about it amid the plethora of news I consume via Google News ‘entertainment’ section, I was finally outpaced by the universal forces that supplied my YT homepage with this sweetly curated surprise.
I am such a fan of Avatar and saw the film 16 times in theaters upon its first theatrical release! I used to love finding excuses to watch Avatar on the big screen. I think I attended a screening of the film with more than 4 different ‘newbies’, one of whom was a roommate of mine from the Netherlands!
Insiders know that there are to be four additional films made in the franchise and that the main cast from the original movie are all coming back.
Since 2010 there’s been plenty’a juicy gossip about the twists and turns to come in the sequels, but the technological advances are certainly the center of attention amongst loyalists to the franchise.
The new Avatar – World of Pandora attraction at Disney’s Animal Kingdom seems to have much in-store for guests to the theme parks hottest new attraction. This pluscious clip hosted by none other than James Cameron and Whoopi Goldberg makes for a satisfying parsnack in the waiting season before the heap of Avatar releases unfold!
How should a proper Avatar 2 theater going ceremony be conducted? Alone? With other(s)?
Does it take much more than the ‘I see you’ feeling to be in some kind of relationship?
I have just spent the last 3 – 6 minutes trying to figure out a complicated maze on your ‘streaming’ service that has obviously been a favorite to use by people who have ‘that’ cheat ability…
I’ve been bullied by some creepy godsent bug/human thing who’s this afternoons’ version of the ‘daily grinding bully’ (or something along those lines), sooo, apparently, adding the Pandora Mayhem aspect into the mix and its result of me being mazed out of my mind was successful.
Oh Pandora, it’s sad that you’d be so careless as to stoop so low. If you have any decency, you will scale-down these bugs before they eat me up completely!!!
Do you use Pandora or any free alternative for music streaming?
Have you had to endure a glitch on Pandora? Did it happen at the worst time?
There may truly be no better word to describe these wonderful segments than what Anderson Cooper stated on AndersonLive when discussing the new series; ‘. . .addictive’.
Indeed, I was anticipating the airing of the debut episodes of “Fix My Life” long before the shows’ premiere. I’ve been a fan of Iyanla’s since her appearance on “Starting Over” and it was her coaching of Jil that jettisoned her to her rightful place amongst my celebrity gods.
In a particular episode of “Starting Over”, Iyanla instructed the house-guest to carry or lug around several heavy bags in effort to remind her (by whatever means necessary?) that by refusing to let go and focusing on negative aspects, she was prolonging her stay in a viscous circle of hell.
Since then, I’ve continued to follow Iyanla’s career via google news – and frequently! I was estatic when her OWN show was announced and was already devouring her more and more regular appearances on OWN (a network which had just months ago hosted Rosie O’Donnell’s own show)!
The below scene is available on YouTube and is nothing short of a godsend! I knew that the previews for the season premiere were exciting, but the actual full-scenes have been life-enriching to say the least.
MyNextLifeJourney (MNLJ): Since you began as a poet and novelist, and Flights was your first non-fiction book, why – or how – did you come to write it?
Adrian Brooks (AB): My poetry arose out of journals shaped by my Quaker tradition of the examined life. And drugs, too, since I was a wild child. So it was confessional. When I began writing prose in 1977, I quit smoking weed since I had to have a level head.
The novels are shaped by imagery and Humanism but have strong plots. In Flights, I wanted to tell the absolute truth as I lived it – showing both sides of the 1970s: the amazingly powerful explosion of joyful energy as well as a dark underside. No one else ever had.
MNLJ: How is writing non-fiction different from writing fiction or poetry?
AB: Truth always comes through if it’s revealed. The act of creating always entails destroying the Known or Status Quo, while non-fiction has the advantage of an aperture that must be verifiable or provable. Still, if you know the facts, non-fiction is easier to write, especially if you aren’t trying to hide anything.
MNLJ: What is your feeling about the criticism you face doing that?
AB: Consider the source. Flights wasn’t slammed by anyone of importance. Mark Thompson praises my fearless truth-telling in his introduction; Michael Bronski recommends it at Harvard; Jonathan Katz, the former Head of Gay Studies at Yale, calls it an ‘utterly magical evocation of the era.’ And so on.
I oppose sanitized revisionism, as do Nancy Goldstein and Michael Bronski- eminent cultural arbiters who decry the commercial whitewashing in “Milk”, for example. Those who tart up the past or squat on it for profit do a real disservice to warp our history or appease self-anointed Guardians of Public Decency.
Whenever propaganda replaces truth a slippery slope leads to fascism. Gay culture may not always be pretty or pleasing, but it’s a record to be proud of, not deny or blur. Those trying to shift focus from its gritty essence to make it more palatable are just like apparatchiks erasing traces of the victims of tyranny.
MNLJ: Why do you think gay spirituality is particularly helpful or relevant?
AB: There’s no such thing as ‘gay spirituality,’ just as there’s no such thing as gay science. Gender, or gender preference, has nothing to do with Divine Truth. But to answer your question: spirituality exposes suffering as illusionary and removes the fear of death.
MNLJ: Will you still be writing?
AB: I hope not! But probably, yes. Seriously, I’ve been as deliberately low-key as possible for years because the only thing that mattered was doing the work, nothing else. And the attention I had when I was highly visible for a few years was disorienting. But now that I’m completing my work- or at least a big cycle of it- I’d like to be more engaged in some useful capacity, if possible.
MNLJ: Do you see yourself as a gay writer? Or a writer who is gay?
AB: I began as as gay writer so, certainly, my poetry and my novels are informed by a gay sensibility. In terms of my personal life, if that’s what you meant, I really see myself as just another person, one of eight billion at the present time. And putting aside the pretty unusual events of my life, not different from anyone else.
MNLJ: What do you think of the current state of gay liberation?
AB: Gay liberation is sooo over! Gay has now become a lifestyle choice. Really, that revolution ended in 1978.
But periods of social foment follow a template: a few years of intense agitation after which there’s a long mop-up job of social accommodation and gradual integration. Even Harvey Milk was all about assimilation.
And when it’s down to a choice between civil union and gay marriage, we’re not marginalized. Still , since gay kids remain at high risk of suicide, or being victimized, work remains… But even the GOP isn’t focusing on gay issues or abortion any more. The vast majority of voters under 30 don’t care. That speaks volumes.
MNLJ: You’re very forthright about being HIV+.. How has this affected you?
AB: Positively! No pun intended. After I found out I was positive in 1985, I decided to make the most of whatever time I had because there was no cure, or medication. So I went east to live on a beach. Being HIV+ in India meant being jailed and deported if the fact came out but I still did public performances where I talked about being HIV+… So I was never fearful. Awareness of a possibility of an early death from AIDS helped me focus.
MNLJ: What have you learned from all this? The life you’ve lived and your work?
AB: That the only real matter of concern is Consciousness.
MNLJ: How would you like to be remembered?
AB: I don’t think about it. But if I was remembered…? As a fine artist, an honest person. A brave spiritual writer.
MNLJ: How do you think you will be remembered?
AB: It doesn’t matter. What does matter is whether our planet survives. At the present moment, the prospect isn’t looking so good. I’d like everything I do- writing, art, life- to be in the service of spreading awareness.
MNLJ: Do you have any advice for young people today?
AB: Get in touch with your spiritual center and live honestly and bravely. After all, what do you have to lose?
MNLJ: And what about advice for older people?
AB: As my spiritual teacher said, “You serve the Truth or you serve the Lie and Truth is ruthless. But don’t blame me for that. It’s God’s game.”
MNLJ: What did he mean by that?
AB: My teacher was a woman. And she meant what every true teacher says: No one can serve two masters. So serve God, serve Truth. It is your own Self.
MNLJ: Is it true that you met the Dalai Lama?
AB: Not formally. He was in a crowd, our eyes met and he reached out and took my hand for a moment.
MNLJ: What was that like?
AB: Very nice. His hand is soft. And he has wonderful, strong eyes.
MNLJ: No I meant, what was he like?
AB: As His Holiness says when speaking of himself, he is a simple monk. A person. Sacred. Perfect. Just like you.
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We’ve never introduced the literary powers of our HIV Cure content with our blog, nor have we really converged those bodies of work using sharing sites such as Facebook.
Well, I have been contributing much to the online evergreen content related to HIV Cure research since finding out my diagnosis just 3 months following the groundbreaking announcement that the first person in the world to be cured of HIV is indeed my most Ultimate Celebrity God; Timothy Ray Brown, ‘AKA’, the Berlin Patient.
By chance, just months after my original diagnosis, I was in San Francisco where I was living at the time (I learned of my status after returning to SF in the small office of a private doctor I went to for a normal check-up) and saw a person who looked like the Berlin Patient in the Muni Station. I just happened to board the same train as this individual, and when I reached the Castro St. Station, both he and I happened to exit the cabin.
When we were both outside, I ventured to ask him, “are you Timothy Ray Brown?” He replied, “yes”. And the rest was history. While I had already decided not to kill myself after learning my diagnosis (despite a lifetime of promising myself that I would never allow myself to live if I were jailed, homeless, or HIV positive), it was meeting the first person in the world cured of the most deadly infectious disease in human history that truly cemented my decision to stick around.
I used to regularly contribute blogs about HIV Cure news and general information to a social networking website called PozIAm, however that website is no longer around.
There is much about this topic, which so few discuss. As I sit in this library, listening to the always imperative effects of tailor-made sounds moving about in the bully-echo-chamber that it is, I wonder how exactly to address the ‘four letter word’. In my Poz journey, I have, without fail, chosen to simply remember what I had told myself first as a child and throughout my adulthood; ‘the truth only hurts when you haven’t been living in it’.
Unfortunately, bullying exists in every ‘community’, including the Poz community. It can kind of feel like a sudden flush of confusion. Not a good thing to feel, confusion. Confusion following a major life change, especially one as traumatizing as becoming HIV positive. Well, the road I took is something that I think the My Next Life Journey blog a perfect place to link you, my dear reader, to a plethora of evidence related to my steadfast HIV Cure activism, advocacy, and frankly, common sense! Click here to check out samples of my remarkably effective lobbying for my own HIV cure!
For the first time since becoming aware of my status, and, unlike the five times that I demanded preventative treatment for the disease within 24 hours after having a sexual contact, I am currently living without the disease as a focus of my life. Science is God.
I’m so excited that the MNLJ blog and my HIV Cure aspects have been formally introduced in the only way ‘it’ could truly happen. Here on MNLJ!
What are your thoughts about the lack of HIV Cure discussions amongst those who champion the cause of HIV related issues (I.E., prevention, awareness, testing, etc.)?
Do you think the years of strict condemnation of those who support and advocate for a cure by merely mentioning it with optimism should ever be forgiven?
If you are positive and have been impacted by the social taboo of the four letter word (cure), how do you think you will celebrate the cure once it’s a reality? Are you planning to be in a certain place in 2020? Dubai? Paris? San Fran?
In my opinion, as long as Agar.io is around, there’s really no need to commit suicide. It’s more than just a game that consumes much of my time lately, I suppose it’s become my new virtual ‘3rd Place’! I discovered Agar.io about a year ago while looking at the ‘Top Free in Games‘ list via Google Play. Seated in the first-place position was something called ‘Agar.io’.
I reckon that if I hadn’t found this gem of a game within the last year, I would have succommed to pretending to still enjoy Candy Crush Saga or Angry Birds (some impressive attempts in the bridging of the ‘popularity gap’ between mouse/console vs touch-screen games).
What it is:
Agar.io is the best game ever released to the public. Never before has this dream of eating other people represented by nothing more than a dot or, as the game officially calls them, ‘cells’, been a reality.
A dot, cell, disk, saucer, planet, circle, star, ball or whatever you call them, they’re really all there is in Agar.io. The whole game is spent trying to survive and hopefully become famous and rich (I.E., have eaten enough people’s avat- I mean ‘Agar.io’ – cells, disks, circles, or whatever you call’ems to get on the leaderbord and be the center circle on campus). The ‘skin’ of my cell might be plain red, green, purple, blue, orange, or yellow. Though I can always showcase my current ‘veteran‘ skin or even a portrait of a politician, such as Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump.
One may choose to divide/split their cell into two or more cells in order to execute a swift lunge-out attack to eat another cell(s). Yet if you’re in more of a zen mood you might just stick to vegetarian offerings; the cosmos of colorful dust that feeds baby cells that can’t eat other cells towards their growth and development into an adult cell, aka, floating disk. I must say, being a small cell has its perks, but being the dominant cell on campus is fantastic as well.
Whether you like eating others or not, the only way I’ve ever known of successfully earning a spot on the leaderboard and reaching the coveted #1 position, is by eating your fellow circles.
Each time you eat one of your competitors, you acquire their ‘mass’ = they die and you get bigger!
Is it complicated?
Complicated or not, it is always fun (more or less).
I have my own style when it comes to my Agar.ioing (yes, I did coin that term, which is partially derived from another term I helped churn at SA; ‘sugar daddying’). Here are a few of my personal Agar.io game-play protocols:
Don’t divide myself more than once. I refuse to constantly fire off, intimidating others when it’s not necessary.
Don’t ‘team’ with others. For me this makes the game feel cheapened and gives me the same nausea that overhearing a live football game broadcast with shock-calling voices intermixed within gives me (the most vile thing that I could imagine would be setting out to team against strangers).
Don’t fire off mass even if you’re in a good mood. Especially since it’s obvious that these teeming competitors are usually firing whilst being facetious – not simply generous.
There are many other boundaries and edicts that I hold dear while playing the most revolutionary game in human history, but I’ll likely keep those ‘top’ secret!
Now that I’m officially at level 47 and just 3 points away from achieving a higher ‘veteran’ skin (the mean looking ‘Sumo’ character), I’m glad that I spilled the beans about this, the most futuristic game of the 21st century to date.
I wonder if Agar.io will have a booth at Expo 2020 Dubai. That would be fitting indeed!
Why argue when you can go somewhere private and play Agar.io?
Why be depressed when you can have ice cream and endless hours of Agar.io play?
Do you think Agar.io is a more ‘Montessori’ thing than other popular games such as “Diablo” or, better yet, “Grand Theft Auto”?
“Her Shinning Splendor” is a truly riveting novel that journey’s into the world of Leonore and Lorena; mother and daughter.
I chose this book randomly, literally with my eyelids closed, hoping that the selection I made would prove worth reading. Given the romance novel craze I’ve been in this Winter, my selection proved worthy of its predecessors. It’s got plenty of what I’ve been hooked on lately; the English court, ‘the ton’, and fascinating characters who all know about butter churning and arranged marriages.
This book is similar to the others I’ve read lately, however in its epic scale and narrative style that perfectly creates a realistic and complete view of the characters’ lives and circumstances, it stands out for sure!
According to one commentator on GoodReads.com, “Her Shinning Splendor” is indicative of many other romance novels written in the 1970’s.
This 574 page book has absolutely been my favorite read of the Winter! Its way of describing circumstances faced by its two main characters is undoubtedly unique, and a step above the rest.
With more than 100 pages left to go, I’ve already found myself crying on several occasions. Let’s focus on just ‘Lorena’s’ chapters, for example:
Lorena’s hard fought and narrowly won freedom from her uncle, who had seemed to hate his niece and the ‘evil’ that her young beauty represented, was a stunning roller-coaster ride. As their tortuous relationship unfolded from chapter to chapter, I indulged in the authors revealing of the basal motivations shown through Lorena and ‘Uncle Robbie’s’ behavior; so stunning indeed!
It’s starting to get very suspenseful, by the way! At this very moment, on page 412, I’m anticipating a bombshell that would out-do all others!
Valerie Sherwood is just one of the pseudonyms used by Jeanne Hines. With how lonely and cold this Winter has been for me, I must say that ‘Sherwood’s’ books (all romance novels) are perfection!
I would bet that this page turner, published in 1980, is considered (by many a romance novel fanatic) a gem of its time. I can’t describe how appreciative I am for my chance selection of this epic love saga: “Her Shinning Splendor”.
Have you ever read “Her Shinning Splendor”? When was the last time you read an epic romance novel?
Any favorite characters of the book? Did you have a favorite chapter or other part of the book you’ve always wanted to discuss?